The Ecological Management Foundation (EMF) was created in March 1990 by Allerd Stikker.
In the early days EMF’s activities focused mainly on promoting environmental awareness and taking concrete action in the corporate and banking sector in The Netherlands.
Appalled by the idea that unaware to most Westerners 10,000 people a day were dying from a lack of clean drinking water and sanitation, from 1995 Stikker shifted the focus of EMF's activities to raising the public's awareness to the world's water scarcity problem and to initiatives for practical solutions for the problem.
Initially, EMF worked on ecologically acceptable and economically sound technologies for the desalination of brackish and salt water.
While desalination remains a key theme, today, in cooperation with the private sector and institutions in both the developed and the developing world, EMF along with Micro Water Facility concentrate on social and appropriate technical solutions for the provision of clean drinking and sanitation water in developing countries.
The activities of Micro Water Facility have been assumed and will be continued by Aidenvironment (www.aidenvironment.org) with effect from the beginning of 2015.
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